scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: SM minute
Mark Arend (mwarend@INTERNETWIS.COM
Tue Aug 08 2000 - 17:57:46 CDT
I've set my subscription to nomail while I get ready to to leave for
Philmont (T-minus 62 hours and counting!) but as I was reading this
afternoon I was moved to write the following:
I've been reading a lot about leadership lately; there are a couple of
books that examine the leadership abilities and techniques of some of our
country's leaders (George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Paine, and
others) and explaining how contemporary leaders can develop their qualities
and use their techniques here and now. There's a few common traits that
all great leaders have.
Leaders learn. They can learn from their successes and from their mistakes.
Leaders listen to what people have to say. They realize that they have to
talk to the people they lead and they are not afraid to go and find out
what people think and what they want.
Leaders work. They put in the time and effort to do a good job. Sometimes
extra time and extra effort.
Leaders set goals. They can look at the whole situation, tell what's
important and what's unimportant, and see what needs to be done.
Leaders are persistant. Once they have a goal they continue to work
Leaders inspire trust. Or, in the words of the Scout Law, they are
Trustworthy. You know that you can depend on them.
Next week we'll be holding Troop elections. We've held nominations
tonight. I want you to think about these guys who have been nominated.
Who do you think will be the best leader?
The particular book which inspired this is "The Founding Fathers on
leadership" by Donald Phillips which examines the leadership styles and
techniques of the men who led our Revolution. It's a companion to "Lincoln
on Leadership" by the same author, which I mentioned here a month or two
ago. I recommend both highly.
Mark W. Arend, Scoutmaster Outside of a dog a book is
Troop 736 Man's best friend. Inside
Beaver Dam, Wisc. of a dog it's too dark